WELCOME to Counseling and Art Therapy!

This is a place to explore your inner strengths and embark upon a journey of self-understanding. On this site you will find resources and information about affordable counseling and art therapy.
 

MARCIA WEISBROT, LPCC, ATR-BC has a lifetime of experience creating images and understanding their meaning. She worked for 10 years as an art therapist in healthcare programs and has graduate degrees in art therapy and studio art. Marcia is a licensed counselor, certified art therapist, and practicing artist (www.marciaweisbrot.com). She provides individual and group sessions, art therapy supervision, workshops and in-service training. And she is passionate about the power of art to promote insight, and to unlock personal mystery.                                                                                                 


INDIVIDUAL Counseling and Art Therapy
 
Participant (left), in individual session
Art therapy and counseling are practical and creative approaches to help when you are facing stress such as transition, loss, grief or depression and anxiety. If you are diagnosed with a life threatening illness such as cancer, or stroke, counseling and art therapy can also help. From diagnosis through treatment, and beyond, I can provide support to you for as long as you need it. We work together in your process of healing.

Counseling is confidential. It can be short term and is solution focused. We use cognitive behavioral therapy to help you problem solve and gain self-confidence. You can choose to work within the counseling process, or through art therapy, or within both disciplines. Counseling is a collaborative endeavor.

If you choose to use art therapy, it is a way of knowing yourself by reaching inward. As a practicing artist I'm engaged in the creative process and can help you access this part of yourself. Art therapy is able to help with stress management and anxiety in ways that verbal therapy cannot. 

Empathy is a keystone of the therapeutic relationship. Because I have been through difficult times myself, including family stress, depression, mood changes and breast cancer, I have first-hand knowledge of the issues my clients are facing and have personal experience with how effective the approaches I use can be.
  




GROUP Sessions

Two participants in group art therapy
Being part of a group provides you with different insights as you share experiences with others. This shared experience can help you with personal understanding. Group support can be stronger than individual sessions, and decreases isolation. Group structure provides a mirror of the larger world and opportunities to gain broader feedback. Issues we work on in group art therapy include: self-esteem, social anxiety, relationship challenges, career development and life transitions.
            

No groups available right now. Please check back.

WORKSHOPS, Presentations, Inservices, Consultation or Classes are also available.

Please email weisbrot9@gmail.com, or call 415-735-5216 for more information.








         
FREQUENTLY Asked Questions


What is professional clinical counseling?

Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca#sthash.4qvpCcYt.dpuf
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. (American Counseling Association)
Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca#sthash.4qvpCcYt.dpuf
Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca#sthash.4qvpCcYt.dpuf


Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca#sthash.4qvpCcYt.dpuf
Is it different from psychotherapy?

There is an overlap between counseling and psychotherapy; similar training and approaches. Usually, psychotherapy is longer and more in depth. With limitations in insurance payments, psychotherapy has become shorter. The differences do blur.


What is art therapy?

Spontaneous imagery comes from deep within us and provides immediate access to feelings. In art therapy we use this imagery as a catalyst to augment understanding and healing. This is a creative process and knowledge gained is long lasting.


Who can benefit from art therapy?

Almost anyone. There are some people who obviously benefit more: people who have difficulty verbalizing their feelings, people who have speech and/or hearing issues, and people who are just "talked out" of verbal therapy, are feeling stuck and need more than words to express themselves.







How do you work with someone in art therapy?

Art therapy is a highly individualized process; each person creates imagery according to their needs. Here is one example: you might select images to create a collage. Together we look at your collage to determine what it means to you. We might choose parts of it to work with, taking the form of talking about your imagery, dialoging with it or creating  images in response to it. This adds to your self understanding, provides a release, and becomes part of your personal history.


How long will I be involved in this?

It depends on what your needs are. Some people come for just a few sessions. Others need more time. This is important to discuss at the first session, and then again at subsequent sessions.
  

What training do you have to do this work?

I am trained as a clinical specialist in art therapy (ATR-BC), with an M.A. from the University of Illinois. For 10 years I worked in healthcare: psychiatry, AIDs, and medical rehabilitation. A few years ago I began completing requirements, e.g., classes and exams, to earn a license to do clinical professional counseling (LPCC). This is a mental health counseling license. 


Do you have areas of particular specialization in your practice? 
  
Yes. I have particular expertise working with persons experiencing loss and grief, self-esteem issues, and mood disorders--both depression and bipolar. I also have experience working with people who have life threatening illnesses, including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and are making an adjustment to disability. I work with adults starting at age 18, and older adults through their 90's.



What does this cost? Is this covered by insurance?

Many insurance providers have mental health coverage. I can give you an invoice to submit to your insurance provider. This is known as "out of network." Your insurance would then reimburse you for part of the cost. If you are insured by one of the companies on the list below I can bill them directly:


Cigna                                                               Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
HealthNet                                                         Interface EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Multiplan                                                          ERS--Employee Resource Systems
                                                                          Curalinc
                                                                          Business Health Services

I am applying to others so please check back, or call me: 415-735-5216 if you have questions.
 

My fee for individual sessions, if you have no mental health insurance, is on a sliding scale from $70- to $140-. I will work with you to find a fee that is reasonable and affordable. An initial consultation in my office or by telephone is at no charge. Payment is by check or cash.

Where are you located?

I am located in the Upper Market area of San Francisco, convenient to all Metro lines, the 22 and 24 bus lines and BART. There is street parking nearby.


Please email weisbrot9@gmail.com, or call 415-735-5216 for more information.






Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. - See more at: http://www.counseling.org/about-us/about-aca#sthash.4qvpCcYt.dpuf

MORE information

www.arttherapyalliance.org

www.norcata.org   Northern California Art Therapy Association (NORCATA) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5jsps0wK2w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exRRwiIFNU

www.counseling.org  American Counseling Association (ACA) 

www.calpcc.org  California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) 

www.arttherapy.org  American Art Therapy Association (AATA)




All images and photos by Marcia Weisbrot